Thursday, October 7, 2010

New Premium Styles - Jazz Accompaniments For All

Premium Styles are back and better than ever. Yamaha has taken styles to another level with the release of the new Tyros4, and the 50's Quickstep and French Swing styles are the first of many great new styles we'll be releasing in the coming months. Both styles feature new takes on jazz that you can add to your keyboard's repertoire: lively, ballroom ready big band as well as the distinctive swing of "gypsy jazz" as popularized by Django Rheinhardt.

The two new styles are each available in five different versions designed to suit each specific instrument type, including an optimized version dedicated to the new Tyros4, so you can be sure you're getting the best quality style for your particular keyboard model whether you're using a Clavinova or a workstation keyboard.

Watch and listen to some demonstrations of the new styles from the always wonderful Martin Harris on the Tyros4.

50's Quickstep - Transport yourself back to ballroom dancing of the 1950s with this up tempo quickstep style. The "Quickstep" referenced in the name of this new style is a ballroom dance similar to the foxtrot - very fast and characterized by quick movements and runs. As such, this style is ideal as an accompaniment for ballroom dancing. Since the quickstep is usually danced to big band or swing music, though, this style, which puts Yamaha's background vocal sounds to great use and features a spirited backing from strings and guitar, is beautifully arranged for anyone looking to play some energetic jazz.

French Swing - It may be difficult, even for jazz fans, to place what a "French Swing" style might sound like - that is, until you think of Django Rhinehardt. Drawing on the big band music being made during the 30's and 40's and fusing it with gypsy influences, Rheinhardt created a unique form of swing that was distinctive not only in instrumentation (prominently featuring guitar and violin, with no drummer) but also in the type of harmonies and melodies used in the songs. This style perfectly captures the Rheinhardt sound, with great violin and guitar figures, and the addition of some light drumming.

- Doug